The summer is often considered a time for college students to go home, take vacations or just relax. While some college students are able to have a break, our team has been doing just the opposite. I’ve been really proud of the progress our guys have been making in the classroom, in the weight room, on the court and especially in the community. I wanted to highlight some of the service projects that our team has held dear to our hearts this summer.
Every Tuesday night this summer, four or five of our players volunteer at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. They spend a couple of hours in the “Play Zone” talking and entertaining many of the children who are inflicted with life threatening illnesses. It’s been great to see how our guys have built a sustained relationship with the hospital and the children. They must also understand the responsibility that comes with being a Sun Devil Basketball Player and the duty they have to become positive role models for these children. I am happy to say that our guys are embracing that role!
In addition, our team spent Wednesday evening serving food to disadvantaged people at the Andre House in downtown Phoenix. Our guys prepared, served food and cleaned up for nearly 500 men, women and children. Freshmen Connor MacDougal explained, “When you see these people and what little they have you realize that all the problems you thought you had aren’t really problems. I am so fortunate.” It was such a humbling experience for our guys. Freshmen Tra Holder said, “The hardest part was seeing little kids crying because they were hungry.” Helping at Andre House puts life in perspective and really gives us an appreciation for the things we have. I am very proud of the fact that Senior Jon Gilling has decided to pick Andre House for a school service project. He will come back several more times this summer and volunteer.
We are nearing the end of the summer session with only two weeks left of individual skill work. We expect our team to finish up strong in the classroom, on the court and complete a very successful summer off season. The first day of the fall semester is just around the corner. Continue to follow me on twitter @HerbSendek and visit the MBB page at www.TheSunDevils.com often for news on your men’s basketball team.
Have a great weekend!